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- Print Length: 282 pages
- Publisher: Transworld Digital (3 May 2018)
- Sold by: PRH UK
- Language: English
- ASIN: B072MLQD2W
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- Customer Reviews: 467 customer ratings
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #47,136 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Praise for Snap
Winner of the UK National Book Award for Crime Fiction
Longlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2018
"With her deeply quirky take, Belinda Bauer is totally unlike contemporaries, and all her crime novels have a very distinct identity. Readers never know what to expect with each new novel, except that it will be highly accomplished."--Financial Times (UK)
"The children steal the show in Belinda Bauer's unnerving suspense novel."--Marilyn Stasio, New York Times
"Bauer deftly interweaves a West Country cold-case murder, a teenage master burglar, some ill-assorted coppers and a pregnant wife, knowing exactly when the turn the dial to humor, pathos or something darker. Intelligent entertainment that keeps you guessing."--Sunday Times Crime Club (UK)
"The best crime novel I've read in a very long time."--Val McDermid, author of Insidious Intent
"[A] spine-chilling, tension-packed gripper."--Woman & Home (UK)
"Bauer secures her place as a star in the British psychological-suspense firmament with this tightly written tale . . . Readers who miss Ruth Rendell are sure to become fast Bauer fans."--Booklist (starred review)
"How in the world did Belinda Bauer create this 14-year-old Robin Hood of a cat burglar who stole my heart? I absolutely loved this utterly satisfying read. My 'gotta know' knotted with overwhelming sympathy for the victimized and Snap gripped me to the last page." --Randy Susan Meyers, bestselling author of The Widow of Wall Street
"Snap is the best kind of crime novel--it gives you chills, it makes you think, and it touches your heart. I loved it!"--Sarah Pinborough, author of Behind Her Eyes
"Original, pacy and thoroughly entertaining . . . A cracking read."--Clare Mackintosh, author of I See You
"Is there a current writer in the genre who can be guaranteed never to repeat themselves--and who comes up with an original premise for each new book? . . . It is the highly individual Belinda Bauer. Snap, her latest novel, continues this pleasing trajectory . . . There are echoes of earlier novels here: Julian Gloag's Our Mother's House and Ian McEwan's The Cement Garden, but Bauer (as ever) is very much her own woman, and produces something that exerts a considerable grip on the reader."--Crime Time (UK)--This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.
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Jack, a twelve year old has to take over his family after his mother is murdered and father leaves. He has to take over the family which puts him on the wrong side of the law.
He comes in contact with Catherine who has a link to his mother's murder. This story is revealed in retrospective as more is revealed.
We also meet DI Marvel a retro detective not a picture book but good at tracking down murderers. He is in a backwater after wrong stepping in another investigation. That backwater just happens to be a hot bed of murder.
Perhaps the characters and parts of the story drift into hyperbole and some parts are a little simplistic. In total it is a great book and we can look forward to more, I hope.
Irascible, scruffy DCI John Marvel, after a series of missteps, has been transferred to this regional backwater from the city. He’s a homicide detective. Break and Enters are beneath him, but he starts work on the Goldilocks Burglaries nevertheless. After an incident involving a pregnant woman, Jack becomes convinced that her husband was involved with his mother’s murder. So much so that he wants the police to catch him and investigate. So begins a game of cat and mouse with Marvel cavalierly using Jack’s B & E skills, much to the disapproval of intelligent, uptight DS Edwards. Their quest involves finding the mysterious maker of truly expensive titanium and abalone knives. It all comes right in the end with a convenient bit of happenstance, except of course, for the many lives damaged in the process. A good, compelling read.
The ending was a bit of a stretch of the imagination and spoilt ( for me) an otherwise good read .
I believe Belinda Bauer is a prolific writer and I will try another couple of her books.
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The main problem was Snap, however, was that it was so ridiculously implausible. I almost gave up reading when a heavily pregnant woman is home alone and hears someone in her house. It's late, she's in bed, but she goes downstairs to confront him, armed with a vase. She sees evidence of an intruder and a shadow running away, goes back up to bed and finds that he's left a knife on her pillow, and a note telling her he could have killed her. So what does she do? Nothing. Doesn't call the police, does tell her husband. The intruder calls her to taunt her - stills she keeps it a secret. He leaves a note on her car - still she says nothing. After that the coincidences pile up and lead to the ludicrously improbable ending. How this got such glowing reviews from respected authors is beyond me.
In its favour, it’s a bit of fun and it goes at a good pace and, well, that’s about it. Implausibility is the name of the game here – characters making unbelievably stupid decisions and police who you wouldn’t trust to determine that a kid with a face covered in chocolate was indeed the one responsible eating the chocolate cake now missing from the kitchen table….
The characters are wafer thin and unbelievable, but that is to be expected to some extent in a genre that will live and die by the twists and turns of the plot. Seriously, I am NOT good at guessing how stories are going to play out but in this case I saw the main reveal coming from an absolute mile away. Stupid Character Number One leaves three young children in a car on the hard shoulder of a motorway when her car breaks down. Stupid Character Number Two doesn’t tell her partner that her life may be in danger because she is worried he’ll be upset that she left the bathroom window open (seriously). And there is another sequence in which two or three Stupid Policemen are talking to someone who might as well be shouting ‘I am important to this story’ in their faces, but who they fail to identify as such. When this all ends up with a reveal that you guessed about halfway through the book (and hoped wouldn’t be the actual resolution because it is so bleeding obvious) I couldn’t help but think that the book was a complete waste of time.
My only (and slight) reservation was the ending. Satisfactory but I would have liked everything resolved a little more completely. I was left worrying about a couple of characters and what would become of them. Having said that, I enjoyed every moment of the book, I read it in a day as I couldn't stop, but was also sorry to reach the end.
I am now reading High Rollers just because at the end of the book it told me it was also by Belinda Bauer writing as Jack Bowman. It's very different but I'm enjoying it.
This is not a crime thriller in the "whodunnit" genre; it owes more to writers such as Patricia Highsmith, as it charts, with heartbreaking detail, the deleterious effects of violent acts on those left behind. Meticulously and wittily, the author follows Jack as he attempts to find answers, struggling to maintain his and his sisters' equilibrium, and take revenge on an adult world which has severely let them down.
The narrative throws us curveballs at regular intervals, managing to maintain its momentum even after the mystery seems to have been solved. There are a few implausibilities, generally involving police incompetence; and little time is wasted on the motivations for the initial crime.
The story-telling, however, is compelling, and psychologically acute. This beautifully written novel certainly deserves the plaudits it has been receiving from "serious" literary critics.
I finished reading it....it was good enough to keep going...but I knew the end by the time I got half way through and was reading only to see if I was right, which I was. That said, I did enjoy it so go ahead and read it ... particularly if you like something you don't need to think about too much :-)
Not in the slightest. This has to be one of the most implausible, mediocre and insulting 'thrillers' I've read in a long time.A strong set-up very quickly collapses into a howlingly unbelievable series of coincidences, populated by characters who make no sense and led by detectives who rely on the reader being as stupid as they are (seriously, these guys make Police Academy look like Sherlock Holmes).
A world where crime writers such as Alex 'The Darkest Secret' Marwood and Jane 'The Dry' Harper get overlooked in favour of this trash is a world where the Booker Prize seriously needs to rethink its selection process. And Val McDermid needs to question what kind of bilge she's lending her praise to.
I've never read Belinda Bauer before but I will be again as I enjoyed this story so much. It was cleverly written, the characters were so full of life you felt as though you personally knew them and the story was both twisty, intriguing and so cleverly written I couldn't put it down. I've literally been up reading into the small hours.
I'd already recommended it to other people before I even finished it! Definitely one to buy and enjoy.
There really isn't much more to say other than buy and read it, you won't be sorry.
Jack Bright and DCI Marvel stole the show for me in this one without a doubt. I defy anyone to read Jack’s story and not be moved by his plight and fully understand the logic behind his behaviours. I was cheering him on every step of the way with the tears streaming down my face!
Without giving any spoilers away Jack Bright ripped my heart out. Everything he did for his family, his internal conflict knowing what he was doing was wrong combined with a need to care for his sisters was so intense. I could feel his emotions through the pages I was howling with laughter at the chapter introducing DCI Marvel. You need to read it to see what I mean. He is not always the most orthodox or PC character but he is definitely one that needs his own series!
The beginning of this novel would tear your heart apart because right from the first page you know that the mum is not going to come back and the outcome is not going to be good for the kids. The issues of hoarding, loss, grief, mental illness are all explored in both a sensitive and thought-provoking manner. There was also an underlying sense of humour about the novel which may appear strange given the subject matter but it worked for me and gave that light relief required in such an intense read
My only gripe was the bit of the story around the capture house that the police set up to find Goldilocks. The author provided no plausible explanation as to how the burglar would know to target this particular property. However, in the grand scheme of things, this was just a minor niggle for me.
I enjoy this author’s writing, it is not for those looking for a high octane fast paced thriller but rather she writes very character driven novels inviting the reader to connect with and make an emotional investment with the characters. I certainly did with two of the characters, Marvel and Jack. I’d highly recommend this to anyone looking for an intelligent, character-driven read and I completely support the book’s inclusion in the Manbooker longlist!
The world of 'Snap' feels fabricated by someone with very little idea of the realities of crime, police procedures or human nature. It's the type of novel where a character will happen to find a knife that they instinctively "just know" is the knife that killed their mother or where senior police officers will employ the services of a child burglar to break into a potentially dangerous suspect's house. Where a family of young children live alone without parents and where women who receive credible death threats from an intruder fail to inform the police. Without credibility a crime story just becomes a sequence of coincidences that lead to an inevitable conclusion.